I have been blogging about promises made to Israel as a direct result of the seventy weeks (of years) according to the determined purpose of God. They have been labeled as goals or accomplishments; however, we must also see them as the promises of God—things that will definitely happen as it has been decreed by God as Israel’s future.
In this third Israeli promise, the work of Christ’s atonement is in view. Thus, the promise points to the second part of Hebrews 9:26: “He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Italics are for emphasis). His blood shed on Calvary will make atonement for Israel’s long standing iniquity. This work of atonement will affect the entire process of their salvation—their repentance, conversion and regeneration, as seen in the first two phases (click HERE and HERE)—making it all of God’s work and nothing of their own works. Therefore, His shed blood at the cross has done its work and will do its work to draw them to Himself, cause them to repent, and thus to cleanse them from sin (Rom. 5:10).
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